It’s not a pre-season if there’s not a game at the Blacktown International Sportspark. These two very SuperCoach relevant teams went head to head, and now it’s time to dissect it.
Notable Absentees – SYDNEY
Sam Naismith, Aliir Aliir, Dan Hannebery, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe, Callum Sinclair
Notable Absentees – GWS
Rory Lobb, Zac Williams, Tom Scully, Ryan Griffen, Jacob Hopper, Will Setterfield
Injuries: Lachlan Tiziani (shoulder), Zac Langdon (shoulder)
Sydney 12.10.82 – GWS 9.17.71
Sydney and GWS only had a relatively small host of key names missing, proving this was a dress rehearsal for round one. Sydney blooding some rookies, and GWS doing the same. Both teams were impressive at stages.
Sydney was dominant in the first quarter, taking a 17 point lead into the first break, looking sharp in front of goal.. Giants stepped it up a bit in the second quarter getting the difference to just one point at the main break. Zac Langdon injured his shoulder late in the second quarter, but came back on after receiving treatment at half time.
Fairly even contest in the third quarter, with both teams dominant in spurts. Neither team going too hard, not wanting to blow a gasket before round one.
Giants found a way to get their nose in front in the final quarter, looking a bit more composed with the ball, before the Swans turned the tide again. Both teams would’ve been content with the game they played despite the result not falling the Giants way.
Jake Lloyd ($479,900 DEF) 73SC
Played loose in defence for the Swans. My main worry is where does he go when Rampe and McVeigh come back?
A lot of talk about pre/post concussion for Jake Lloyd.
The conversation needs to be more about his capacity to score with: Rampe, McVeigh and Newman all playing in the side.
— Jesse Caldera (@JesseDCaldera) March 7, 2018
Callum Mills ($402,300 DEF) 93SC
Could rival James Sicily at his price point. Consider.
Ryley Stoddart ($117,300 DEF) 23SC
Bench option, but didn’t see a lot of the ball in the second half.
Luke Parker ($546,000 MID) 119SC
Was very good tonight, and looks like he’ll be back to his best this season. Seemed to be playing that coveted midfielder-go-forward role for the Swans. Parker also attended the centre bounce a game high 17 times.
Nic Newman ($454,500 MID) 129SC
Because he is mid only this year, I’d stay away in Classic. He’ll score like this every now and then, which could be good for a team in the SC draft format.
Josh Kennedy ($564,200 MID) 97SC
No denying he is cheap, for what he can do, but not the Swan I’d pick.
Robbie Fox ($200,200 MID) 76SC
Awkwardly priced, and his scoring stalled after a fast start. Pass.
Darcy Cameron ($123,900 RUC) 37SC
Won’t score amazingly, but would be a good bench option if you’re not worried about loopholing, or need cover for someone like Lycett.
Tom Papley ($451,400 FWD/MID) 36SC
He would’ve needed a compelling effort in the second half after only recording a score of 19 in the first, but he only compelled me to cross him off my watch list.
James Rose ($127,500 FWD) 20SC
Isaac Heeney ($537,300 FWD/MID) 86SC
Any worry you had after JLT1 should be abolished after today’s performance. Looked a lot better playing at half forward for the Swans. Pick with confidence.
Lance “Buddy” Franklin ($540,500 FWD) 90SC
I think we’ve all established that Buddy will score a 437 one week, and then match his jumper number the next. My advice; Pick him up later when his price drops. Decent option though, if you want to start him and ride the rollercoaster.
Kieren Jack ($406,800 FWD/MID) 81SC
An interesting one, if you were to choose him. Has a history of scoring well, but also has a history of dropping a nice 45 too.
Harry Cunningham ($345,100 FWD) 109SC
26 disposals, 19 by foot. Score helped by 3 frees for. I doubt this is anything significant.
Heath Shaw ($458,100 DEF) 62SC
I’m not convinced. Went at 58% disposal efficiency, and gave away 3 free kicks.
Jeremy Finlayson ($123,900 DEF/MID) 66SC
For the love of all things SuperCoach, have this guy on your defence bench, at least. He’s probably one of the best defence rookies to have to start the season.
Stephen Coniglio ($452,400 MID) 95SC
Those who picked this guy without seeing any form first will feel good being vindicated by his first JLT game, but this game embodied all the reservations everyone else has.
Josh Kelly ($626,600 MID) 117SC
Yes. Lead the way with 7 clearances, and 14 contested possessions.
Lachie Whitfield ($536,600 MID) 142SC
Looks like he’ll go another level this year playing off half back. Scored a monster, but may be a different story once the real season begins. Maybe next year.
Dawson Simpson ($290,300 RUC) 30SC
He didn’t do a heck of a lot, other than be taller than everyone else and lead the hitouts. 33 hitouts for 30 points is not good at all. Pass.
Lachlan Keeffe ($123,900 FWD/DEF) 61SC
Didn’t play in the first quarter, seemed to be the one of the only GWS players who didn’t have the same haircut as Jeremy Cameron. Keep him in your thoughts once round 1 teams come around.
Jeremy Cameron ($489,900 FWD) 111SC
Showed that he’s not the worst option to have in your forward line. Consider.
Brett Deledio ($339,800 FWD) 26SC
Hardly noticed him.
Toby Greene ($528,100 FWD) 52SC
First game back from a broken toe, left a lot to be desired. He’ll be good for the run though. Only played 48% game time.
Zac Langdon ($117,300 FWD) 54SC
Injured his shoulder late in the second quarter, but came back on in a positive sign for our forward rookie stocks.